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SubjectRe: More linker magic..
On Tue, 3 Aug 1999, Linus Torvalds wrote:

> On Tue, 3 Aug 1999, Alan Cox wrote:
> > >
> > > So I think the "automatic initialization" is really only useful for
> > > anonymous stuff. Device drivers, normal kernel threads, that kind of
> > > things. Anything more complicated might as well just do proper
> >
> > ISA device order has a lot of subtle ordering rules, some tied
> > to PCI
> >
> > I2O before PCI
> > Network cards in a strict order for ISA probes
> > Sound cards before joysticks - ISA sound card order is critical
> >
> > Maybe for ISA we should just admit defeat and leave ISA devices as they
> > are now
>
> Probably. I really think it's a matter of "if this device really doesn't
> have any ordering constraints, then we can use the new nifty feature to
> make it invisible to most users".

The ISA sorting stuff can perhaps be handled by a /drivers/isa.c which
hides that ugliness from the rest of the world. Though personally I prefer
Andi's idea of build-time modprobe to do ordering/dependencies.

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